House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a 60-minute interview broadcast on Sunday night that one of the driving factors for those in the latest campaign to challenge President Trump and oust him from office is to eradicate any possibility he has of being elected again.
Leslie Stahl, the correspondent, listed some of the potential outcomes for Trump to Pelosi and pointed out that there is a possibility that he will somehow manage to quit office and run for president again.
Pelosi responded that the prospect of Trump running for president again is one of the motivations “that people have for advocating for impeachment.”
She said that she prefers using the 25th Amendment “because it gets rid of him.”
“But there is strong support in the Congress for impeaching the president a second time,” she said. “This president is guilty of inciting insurrection. He has to pay a price for that.”
Pelosi, in a letter to colleagues, referred to the president as a “imminent threat” to both the US Constitution and democracy. In the Sunday message, Pelosi said that the House would act with “great solemnity” with less than two weeks left before Trump is expected to leave office.
“In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both,” she said in a letter to Democrat colleagues in the House. “The horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action.”
As pressure increases on Trump to step aside, the House action could start as soon as Monday. A Republican senator, Pennsylvania’s Pat Toomey, joined Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski in calling for Trump to “resign and go away as soon as possible.”
Pelosi’s leadership team will seek a vote on a resolution on Monday calling on Vice President Mike Pence and Cabinet officials to invoke the 25th Amendment, with a full vote in the House scheduled for Tuesday.
After that, before the House moved toward impeachment, Pence and the Cabinet would have 24 hours to act.
The president said protesters were going to “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard” at the Capitol, while saying, “We will never give up. We will never concede.” He did not tell the protesters to enter the Capitol or use violence.
In a Twitter video deleted by the platform, Trump urged them to be peaceful and to go home after a group of rioters and a minority of protesters violated the Capitol building, and later denounced the breach. According to critics, his allegations of voter fraud and irregularities were an incitement to violence.